Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest conservation area covering 3,840sqkm (1,503sqmi). It’s the most popularly visited park situated in the northern end of the Albertine rift valley in northern Uganda where the massive Bunyoro escarpment merges into an expansive palm-dotted savannah of Acholi land. With the vast plains, a game drive in Murchison falls national park is a memorable one.

On a Uganda wildlife safari, one of the obvious activities in Murchison Falls National Park is the game drive literally described as a drive through the wild for close wildlife viewing. The animals that thrive in the beautiful savannah plains of Murchison include the big four which are the Buffaloes, Elephants, lions and leopards. The Rhinos can be sighted in the adjacent Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to have a complete sighting of the big five African game. The other wildlife attractions in Murchison Falls National Park include warthogs, giraffes, jackals, waterbucks, Ugandan kob, oribi, hartebeest, sitatunga, bushbucks, duikers and any other wild specie that you could run in to.

When is the game drive done?

A game drive can be done in the morning from 6:30 am and in the evening from 4:00pm. Choosing the game drive depends on your schedule and where you stay a night before the game drive. There’s a variety to choose from on where to stay in Murchison Falls National Park so choose the best place or get advice from your tour operator. A game drive lasts for about 3-4 hours.

game drive in murchison falls national park

A game drive in Murchison falls national park

Best spots for a game drive in Murchison Falsls national park

In the vast plains there those points just perfect for seeing a variety of animals and these include;

The Nyamsika cliffs is a good spot for viewing the buffaloes and lions since they tend to love this place.

Nyamsika gorge contains pools of water where animals congregate to drink making it the best point to see big animal numbers.

Open patches of Sambiya-Karuma road are good for sightings of Kobs, baboons, Jackson’s Hartebeest and oribi. Your guide or the park ranger will always drive to the best spots since they are more knowledgeable of the area.

The best time for a game drive in Murchison Falls national park is during the dry season in the months between June-August and January – March. In the dry season the grass is short and therefore there’s clear sighting and easy taking of pictures.

A game drive is done using the proper safari vehicles, 4×4 safari vehicles for hire with a pop-up roof are recommendable. Remember to carry a good quality camera for all those memorable shots.

Many tourist’s safari Murchison after a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park or when they are continuing for a greater experience in Kidepo valley national park.

Don’t miss the close wildlife experience in the savannah plains wilderness, plan a safari to Murchison Falls national park and enjoy the experience.